ALPENA, Mich. — September is national childhood obesity month. In response, healthcare professionals say that it is important that parents understand the importance of diet and exercise with their little ones.
In the United States, one in five children are obese which is putting kids at risk for health problems once seen only in adults. According to Pediatric Physician Shreya Wachob, childhood obesity ranges from genetics to behavioral habits such as exercise and healthy eating. Wachob said there is current research going into causes of obesity and why it is being seen more in kids. She said one of the measures healthcare professionals are taking to address childhood obesity is having children see a dietician for healthier food options.
Wachob addresses exercise being a challenge for many children as a result of virtual schooling and recommends doing what is called a 5–2–1–0 rule. This is something that she encourages her families to do.
She also recommends the Go Thrive Project which helps children learn about nutrition, portion sizes, and provides opportunities for kids to be active.
Wachob encourages reaching out to your local physician, pediatrician, or local health department for tips on how to stay healthy.